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iPad Transforms Napa Winery’s Production Process

At Palmaz Vineyards in Napa, California, iPad has improved the way the facility operates, from its vineyard to its tanks. Winemaker Christian Gastón Palmaz uses iPad to manage the vineyard and gather data that helps him make informed vine-tending decisions. iPad also has replaced complex industrial controls inside the winery. Palmaz uses an enterprise-level app that automates the labor-intensive, conventional fermentation process. “iPad removes the burden of data collecting and frees up our brilliant winemakers to focus on the art of winemaking,” says Palmaz.
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All-New Mac Pro Available Starting Dec. 19

Apple has announced the all-new Mac Pro will be available to order starting Thursday, December 19. The Mac Pro features the latest Intel Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage, and ultra-fast ECC memory. Designed around ...
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Beyoncé Album Shatters iTunes Store Records

Apple announced that BEYONCÉ has become the fastest selling album ever on the iTunes Store worldwide with an unprecedented 828,773 albums sold in just its first three days. BEYONCÉ also broke the US first week album sales record with 617,213 sold and proved to be a global success, going to number one in 104 countries. The self-titled BEYONCÉ is the fifth solo studio album from Beyoncé and was made available exclusively worldwide on the iTunes Store on December 13. It is the artist’s first visual album and it represents Beyoncé’s biggest sales week ever.
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iPad Helps Broadway Director Stay in Step

To stage a Broadway show, director and choreographer Jeff Whiting has to keep track of dozens of dancers and thousands of steps. He’s found that iPad is the best tool for the job. Whiting uses a “show bible” to chart and organize every step of a production. “Before iPad,” Whiting says, “we had to document all the choreography and staging manually, by drawing on pieces of paper.” This could add up to thousands of sheets of paper. Whiting developed Stage Write, an exclusively iOS app that digitizes the entire process. “iPad frees me up to focus on the creativity, rather than the practicalities, of staging a Broadway musical,” he says.
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Wind Turbine Technicians Use iPad to Keep Blades Spinning

To keep wind turbines running smoothly, Siemens Energy-Wind Service technicians work in tight spaces high above the ground, and often in extreme weather conditions. Now iPad makes their job a lot easier. Before iPad, technicians needed over a thousand pages of binders, manuals, and electrical plans to help them perform repairs. All these documents are now stored on iPad, which makes accessing information much simpler. Technicians also use iPad to troubleshoot, take photos, and collect data. “What wind service technicians do is critically important to the wind power industry,” says Jennifer Dillon, Siemens manager of business improvement. “We want to make their work as effective and as easy as we can. iPad helps us do that.”
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The Hour of Code Is Here

As a part of Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15), code.org is organizing a worldwide campaign to get 10 million students of all ages to participate in the Hour of Code. It’s a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics of programming. “The ability to code and understand the power of computing is crucial to success in today’s hyper-connected world,” says former Vice President Al Gore. Apple Retail Stores will also host one-hour workshops for children and teens throughout the United States on Dec. 11. Find a store and sign up today.
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The Hour of Code is here.

As a part of Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15), code.org is organizing a worldwide campaign to get 10 million students of all ages to participate in the Hour of Code. It’s a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics of programming. “The ability to code and understand the power of computing is crucial to success in today’s hyper-connected world,” says former Vice President Al Gore. Apple Retail Stores will also host one-hour workshops for children and teens throughout the United States on Dec. 11. Find a store and sign up today.
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Apple Unveils iBeacon to Assist Shoppers

Apple has rolled out iBeacon technology at its 254 Apple Stores in the U.S., enabling shoppers to receive iPhone notifications about products and services via the Apple Store app. As the Associated Press reports, iBeacon transmitters use Bluetooth wireless technology to sense a shopper’s exact location inside an Apple Store and send messages based on the aisle or product a user is near. For example, customers walking by an iPhone table could receive messages offering to help them check their upgrade availability or see if they can get money for trading in an old phone. iBeacon technology is moving into other venues as well. The AP reports that Major League Baseball plans to use it next year to offer features like coupons and videos based on a user’s location in a ballpark.
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iPad Helps Racers Gear Up for the Win

Mark Post, the owner of Riviera Racing, uses iPad to get up to speed for thousand-mile off-road endurance races such as the Baja 1000. Preparation is complicated, and logistics can be daunting. During the race, the MotionX GPS HD app on iPad keeps the team’s support crew coordinated without the need for paper maps, charts, and checklists. An endurance race is a huge team effort, Post says. “There’s no chance to get the race right again. There’s no hitting replay. That’s why using iPad for our prerace logistics is critical.”
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TV Broadcaster Speeds Up Telenovela Production With Final Cut Pro X

Azteca — one of Mexico’s leading broadcasters — produces some of that country’s most popular soap operas, known as telenovelas. To help satisfy growing worldwide demand, Azteca recently rolled out a fast-paced, all-digital video workflow based on Apple’s Final Cut Pro X. Because of the large number of shows produced, editors ingest huge amounts of footage and must make fast turnarounds — and Final Cut Pro X makes the workflow quicker and more efficient. Encouraged by the rollout, Azteca is looking to take Final Cut Pro X beyond telenovela production and into other divisions. “We’re a really big corporation,” says Azteca’s Rubén Centineo. “So we’re looking to establish an all-digital workflow that other groups can use as well. And the products that Apple is offering today are the products we need to get there.”
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Apple’s Black Friday offer goes live in Europe

Apple’s Black Friday has already gone live in Australia, where the Cupertino company is offering Apple Store Gift Cards with the purchases. However, the offers seem to vary from region as the company is offering discounts in place of gift cards in couple of other countries.

Apple’s Black Friday deals are now appearing on the UK, France, Germany and other European Apple websites. The online stores have promotional discounts on the MacBooks, Apple TV, iPads, iPods and other accessories.

Apple, on its UK website is offering the MacBooks and the iMacs with a discount of £81, while the iPod touch saves you £25. The iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPad 2 are also up for grabs with a discounted price tag.

The Black Friday promotional offers in the US and Canada are also live now, but they settle for the same gift card promotions as Australia.

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Apple offering Apple Store Gift Card with purchases this Black Friday

Apple’s Black Friday deal has gone live in Australia and slowly making its way around the world wherever the Apple Online Store is available. Unlike previous years where the company offered discounts on the products themselves, this year it is offering Apple Store Gift Cards with purchases.

The denomination of the Apple Store Gift Card depends upon the product you purchase. If you buy an iMac, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, you’ll get a A$150 gift card. An iPad Air will get you A$75 gift card and the iPad mini, iPad 2 and iPod touch will get you A$ 50 gift card. If you buy the iPod nano, you’ll get a A$ 25 gift card. There is no gift card available with the iPhone, at least in the Australian store.

The gift card deal is also available on some of the other products and accessories, such as the Apple TV, Parrot AR.Drone, Apogee JAM Guitar Input, with the denomination ranging from A$25 – 50 for the gift card.

Apple has never been known for its Black Friday deals and most of the time they are disappointingly low compared to what you might find from other online retailers. This year there is no discount at all but at least you’d be able to start off with some good apps or games after activating your device using the gift card.

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